Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made from fermented apples and it is a very popular natural home remedy. When left unpasteurized, some kinds may contain beneficial probiotic bacteria. Some of these may appeal to pregnant women. However, pregnant women may be at higher risk for food-borne illness because the immune system is a little compromised during pregnancy.
Is ACV safe for pregnancy?
There’s yet no research verifying that ACV is safe or unsafe for pregnant women. Generally speaking, authorities and research suggest that pregnant women should exercise caution when consuming certain unpasteurized products that can harbor harmful bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, and Toxoplasma. The fetus can be exposed to pathogens, leading to stillbirth, miscarriage, and other complications.
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However, apple cider vinegar contain acetic acid which is known to be antimicrobial, supporting growth of only certain beneficial bacteria over others.
Studies show acetic acid can kill Salmonella bacteria. It may also kill Listeria and E. coli as well as Campylobacter.
Pregnant women consult their doctor before using unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. Pregnant women may use pasteurized apple cider vinegar safely and with no concerns. However, it may lack some of the health benefits if you desire the probiotic benefits of ACV.
Does ACV help certain symptoms of pregnancy?
Most pregnant women still use ACV as a remedy for many things, even though the safety is unverified. No harm or other complications have yet been reported with the use of pasteurized or unpasteurized ACV during pregnancy. Note that pasteurized apple cider vinegar is considered the safest to use.
Apple cider vinegar may help with morning sickness
Some people recommend taking ACV to ease the symptoms of morning sickness. The acids in ACV are known to possibly help with gastrointestinal disturbances, which may help ease pregnancy-related nausea. Note that taking too much apple cider vinegar may deteriorate nauseous condition.
Pasteurized and unpasteurized vinegar may apply for this symptom, since it has more to do with the vinegar’s acidity than its bacteria.
You can use ACV for nausea by mixing 1 to 2 tablespoons ACV in a tall glass of water. Drink twice per day.
Apple cider vinegar may help with heartburn
Most pregnant women sometimes experience heartburn, especially during their second trimester. ACV may help with heartburn.
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According to a study in 2016, ACV may help people with heartburn who didn’t respond well to over-the-counter antacids. The unpasteurized kind was specifically tested.
To use ACV for heartburn, mix 1 to 2 tablespoons ACV in a tall glass of water. Drink up to twice per day.
Apple cider vinegar may improve digestion and metabolism
A study in 2016 indicated that apple cider vinegar could change digestive enzymes. The study was on animals. It seemingly improved the way the body digested fats and sugars. Such effects may be good, especially for type 2 diabetes, however no human studies were conducted.
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ACV can be used for indigestion by mixing 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water. Drink up to twice per day.
Apple cider vinegar may help or prevent urinary tract and yeast infections
Apple cider vinegar may help clear up urinary tract infections (UTIs). The same has been said about yeast infections. Both of these can be a condition that pregnant women often experience. However, there aren’t any studies proving this works with apple cider vinegar specifically.
Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water. Drink up to twice per day.
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